Introducing Tony and Angela Marsico, lifelong foodies who have lived their lives in the fine dining industry for more than 35 years.
The Marsico’s have taken their passion for food and culture all the way from Alaska where they owned and operated one of Alaska’s premier Fine Dining restaurants for over 30 years to Belize, where they now own a 5 room beachfront guesthouse which is home to one of Belize’s finest restaurants, The Barra-cuda Bar and Grill. Tony remains one of the most highly acclaimed Chefs in Belize and Angela, one of the most talented pastry chefs.
Join them for a week long Culinary adventure personally guided by them and let them show you the diverse cultures that meld together to help form a constantly evolving culinary frontier.
Enjoy evenings of gourmet meals prepared by Tony and Angela and their wonderful staff in the open kitchen where you can ob-serve and if you like or sit back and enjoy the Caribbean views from your home for 7 nights, the 5 star Villa Verano.
Days are filled with all things gastronomical as we will tour this small Central American Country exploring Ancient Mayan Cacao farms and chocolate factories to modern day Hot Pepper sauce producers. Food and culture intermingle with 3 distinct ethnic cultures of Mayan, Garifuna and Creole and the cuisine that has melded together this little gem of the Caribbean.
Tony and Angela have partnered with a neighboring property with 5 star accommodations with an open kitchen and roof top outdoor kitchen in order to provide the ultimate in comfort and facilitate evening cooking demonstrations and meals in the out-standing kitchen. We will spend 7 luxurious nights in the spa-cious Sea grape Suites at Villa Verano.
With 5 separate suites all with private baths, a main dining room overlooking the sea and generous open kitchen, this is the per-fect spot for a gathering of Foodies. We’ll enjoy roof top BBQ’s on the 3rd story as we take In stunning sunsets over the Mayan Mountains and early breakfasts watching the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. There is a pool as well as a roof top hot tub for guests to enjoy and the beach in Hopkins is the best in Belize for swimming and sunning.
DAY 1– We will fly you from the International Airport at Belize City to Dangriga where we will pick you up for the short ride to Villa Verano. We’ll have a reception with complimentary rum and beer and appetizers, then let everyone get settled in to their suites to meet in the dining and kitchen area for a tour briefing and multi course dinner.
Day 2– After a breakfast of local fry jacks, fresh fruit, local gra-nola, yogurt and smoothies, we will head out to the Habanera Pepper Sauce factory of the World renown Marie Sharps’ Pepper Sauce to tour the factory, sample her wares and be able to pur-chase some of her great products and learn how she came to be one of the world’s highly acclaimed pepper sauce producers.
Next we will head south Ms. Emma’s farm and Botanical gardens. Ms. Emma will personally guide us through one of Belize’s most varying tropical plantations home to a plethora of fruit bearing trees all in one location. We’ll sample fruits, see beautiful and ex-otic flowers and gardens and then settle in for a gourmet lunch prepared by Emma and her talented staff. Back to Villa Verano for some afternoon beach and pool time before we convene on the roof top for Mojitos, beer and BBQ feast featuring Jerk deli-cacies from the land and sea. Bring your suit and you can relax in the roof top hot tub afterwards.
Day 3 – After a breakfast of Seafood Omelet’s, we will again head south to an Organic Cacao farm and working Chocolate Factory, Cyrilia’s Chocolates. We will see first hand the care that goes into this ancient Mayan Art form and witness the melding of Ancient practices and modern technology. We il enjoy a tradi-tional Mayan style lunch before heading back to our home on the beach. Convening in the dining room for fresh fish sampling.
Day 4 – Early breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt Tuscan Style eggs, then out to sea aboard the 44 foot Catamaran Utopia. We’ll sail to the Islands where we can snorkel the northern hemisphere’s largest and most living barrier reef while enjoying tapas tasters the entire way and imbibing on local drinks, sangria and beer. We will return around 4 pm and head back to the villa and
reconvene for an evening dinner featuring wild game and wine sampling.
Day 5 – Early breakfast of build your own breakfast burritos then off to tour an exotic spice farm in the heart of Belize’s agricul-tural hot bed. We will tour the farm with the owners who came from India to farm in this very similar climate. Spice sampling and demonstration and lunch will be followed by a one hour stop at the mystic Mayan ruins of Lim Ni Punit before we head back to the beach. We’ll be dining on lobster with 3 different prepara-tions in the evening as well as a chardonnay sampling.
Day 6 – After local style late breakfast, we’ll head into the Jungle at mayflower Bocawina National where you can choose to do Belize’s longest Zip Line or just go on a guided hike to waterfalls and tour the beautiful grounds, complete with unexcavated Ma-yan ruins. We’ll have a lunch of Shrimp Tacos then head back to the Villa where you will be free until dinner for another roof tip BBQ featuring the local poultry and grilled vegetables.
Day 7– The final day we’ll have a leisurely American style break-fast before we go head down to Placencia for a day of shopping and exploring. Lunch will be on your own here and we’ll head back to the Villa around 2pm for total decompression time and a final feast of a 10 course Tapas and desert sampling.
Day 8 – Transport back to Belize City for your flight home.
This tour is limited to 5 couples in order to allow an intimate experience in touring, cooking and eating.
Dates: September 1st – 7th 2013.
All inclusive price for the package is $2750 per person , based on double occupancy.